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Brotherly Kindness – Fri – 23-05-05

Funerals are strange events for children. I remember attending a few funerals as a child and trying to understand it all. As a teen, I disliked the grief and sorrow of funerals. Unless it was family, I tried to avoid going with my parents to a funeral.

Nobody really likes a funeral. But we go. As an adult, I’ve attended the funerals of family and friends. I’ve also attend the funerals of people I had never met. I went not because I like funerals, but because someone I knew was mourning the passing of a loved one.

A funeral is a time to show respect and honor for the deceased. But more importantly, it is a time to show love and support for those grieving. Sometimes the best thing about the funeral is greeting each other, hugging family and talking together after the service. Grieving together is a display of love.

An example of this is Jesus.  Jesus missed the funeral of a dear friend named Lazarus. But he visited the tomb a couple of days later. As everyone else wept, Jesus wept with them. John 11:36 says, ‘Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”’ (NVI 1984)

This reminds me of Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (NIV 1984) This verse gives us a great, short-hand description of brotherly love. We encourage each other in good times as well as in bad.

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Those Who Mourn – Wed – 21-08-25

As I write this, I’m looking forward to attending a Major League Baseball game. We’re getting together with a couple of nephews and their families in a couple of weeks. We’ll probably eat peanuts or hot dogs and cheer for our team. Elaine and I follow one team and our nephews follow the other, so we may tease each other a bit! But we’ll all enjoy the fireworks after the game. Although I want my team to win, just being together with family will be a lot of fun!

This reminds me of the first part of Romans 12:15, which says “Rejoice with those who rejoice.” (NIV) Fun times are even more fun when you can share them with others. No one likes to have a party by themselves!

Then there is the second part of Romans 12:15, which says, “Mourn with those who mourn.” (NIV) So why should we join with others in mourning? It’s not much fun. It is certainly no party or ball game! No, but it’s like the old saying that many hands make light work. Mourning with others provides comfort to them.

This is one fulfillment of Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” Our presence with others when they mourn provides comfort. So, remember – rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.

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